## Apprenticeship Training Canada - Trades Entrance Exam

### Trade Entrance Exams

Before you can enter an apprenticeship program you must have a minimum education level and the entrance exam ensures that you will be successful – If you don’t have the minimum requirements you will have a lot of difficulty learning the technical requirements for your chosen trade. So this helps everyone!

There is no “Trade Aptitude Test,” or “trades entrance test.” Entrance tests are developed and administered by the trade unions and locals. The following trades require a screening trade aptitude test: Ironworkers, Plumbers, Millwrights, Carpenters, Pipefitters, Sheet metal worker, Steamfitters, Welders, Boilermakers, Painters, Machinists, and more.

Generally you will need a passing grade of 70% on the test.

The questions are multiple choice. Help with answering multiple choice

There are 100 questions which you must answer in 3 hours.

### Tests for Specific Trades

### What’s on the Trade Entrance Tests?

Test contents varies by Province and by trade – BC, Alberta and Ontario group trades into ‘clusters’ or groups of trades and occupations with similar skills.

Most trades pre-apprenticeship tests contain the following types of questions:

- Reading Comprehension
- Basic Math – Includes some basic geometry and algebra
- Mechanical Aptitude
- Spatial Ability
- Basic Science

### Basic Elegibility

- 18 years old (some training programs can start at age 16)
- Some trades require previous work experience
- High school transcript or equivalent (Canadian GED)
- Personal interview

# Trades Entrance Exam Practice

### Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension test usually cover:

- Finding specific information in a passage – the information may be stated directly or implied
- Meaning of words from the context
- Drawing conclusions from the information in the passage

### Reading Comprehension Practice

### Mechanical Aptitude

Mechanical Aptitude (or mechanical reasoning) may include:

- Pulleys and Belts
- Gears
- Springs
- Levers
- Balancing Scales
- Gravity
- Acceleration
- Hydraulics
- Weights
- Magnetism
- Energy Types

- Friction
- Horseshow Magnets
- Pressure
- Pendulum
- Pivot Points
- Power Source
- Conductors
- Open and Closed Circuits
- Switches
- Series and Parallel Circuits
- Electrical load and Path

### Number Sense and Operations

Scientific Notation

Estimation

Order of Operation

Exponents

Operations with real numbers and radicals

Absolute Value

### Practice

Exponents – 8 questions

Basic Math – 10 questions

Basic Math 2 – 10 questions

Word Problems Tutorial

Percent – 18 questions

Fractions, Percent and Decimals – 14 questions

Scientific Notation – Complete Tutorial and 6 questions

Order of Operation – 6 questions

### Basic Geometry

Scale drawings

Perimeter, circumference, area and volume

Pythagorean theorem